DeLisa's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine: Principles and Practice, 6th Edition

ISBN: 9781496374967
ISBN-10: 1496374967
Copyright: 2020
Edition: 6th
Editor: Frontera, Walter R., DeLisa, Joel A., Basford, Jeffrey R., Bockenek, William L., Chae, John, Robinson, Lawrence R.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 85
Reviewer: Debbie Lee,  MD  (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)
As the title accurately states, this book covers the fundamental principles and practices of physical medicine and rehabilitation in a simple yet comprehensive manner including the latest evidence supporting current best practices. An updated edition was essential given the significant advances in knowledge in the field in the nine years since the previous edition was published in 2010. The accompanying ebook includes not only the text and images from the print version, but also other features useful for learning such as the ability to take notes and create flashcards.
The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, evidence-based, and multidisciplinary discussion of the numerous subspecialties and science in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. This is a worthy objective, as indicated by the use of previous editions by trainees and practitioners, who view the book as a fundamental tool to expand their knowledge. Presentation of the material in print and online adds value for various reasons, including not having to carry around a large, heavy book, being able to take virtual notes and make flashcards online, and being able to conveniently and quickly search for topics rather than reading through pages of the index to find the desired subject. The presentation is enhanced particularly since the images and tables can be enlarged for easier viewing.
According to the editorial board, "developing or established practitioners" are the intended audience of this book. The developing practitioners may be trainees at any level, from medical students to residents or fellows. Practitioners from any subspecialty within physical medicine and rehabilitation would find this book useful as it covers a wide breadth of topics applicable to all. The content meets the needs of each of the above listed audience because each chapter starts with fundamental basics that trainees require for understanding, and moves onto more comprehensive, evidence-based discussions. The majority of authors of each chapter are credible authorities on the subject because most are recognized experts in the respective topics and have published numerous papers. Some authors contributed while still in the training-phase, but they were paired with and advised by expert authors for guidance.
The book's 62 chapters are organized into nine major sections. The book encompasses basic principles and methods in approaching patients, introduces the multidisciplinary members in the rehabilitation team, provides the foundations of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and general rehabilitation, discusses complications and special populations of patients with disability that physiatrists care for, and describes various therapeutic management options and scientific advances. Most of the content is high-yield for trainees as they are studying for boards. This book also does a good job of covering topics such as Paralympic sports and health for women with disabilities, which are areas that recently have garnered more attention as more physiatrists are advocating for and becoming leaders in those fields. These chapters are especially valuable since they are not as commonly discussed in other books. The authors also do a great job of incorporating recent research to support the up-to-date, evidence-based practices. To be even more comprehensive, it may be useful for the authors to include in the next edition a section on billing and coding that specifically applies to physical medicine and rehabilitation, especially since training in this realm varies dramatically across residencies.
This excellent book can serve as a great introductory resource for trainees as well as a comprehensive reference for practitioners. The ebook is valuable for readers' convenience especially because the print version, now a large, single-volume book, limits easy transportability. This update adds five new chapters and has significant revisions. The comprehensiveness of this book may be similar to others (such as Braddom's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 5th edition, Cifu (Elsevier, 2016)), but this one does a particularly good job of incorporating and summarizing the latest research and literature when necessary.
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